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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530 laptop. If you have the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530 and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

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For full specifications see the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530 specifications page.

NameLenovo ThinkPad Edge E530
ProcessorIntel Core i3-2350M processor (dual-core, 2.30GHz, 3MB Cache)
Intel Core i5-2450M processor (dual-core, 2.50GHz, 3MB Cache)
Intel Core i7-3612QM Processor (quad-core, 2.10GHz to 3.10GHz, 6MB Cache)
Screen15.6“ choice of 1366×768, 1600×900 or 1920×1080 (Full HD) Widescreen
RAMUp to 16GB
HDDUp to 750GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 3000
Intel HD Graphics 4000
Nvidia optimus (GeForce GT630M)
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
BCM43228 802.11a/b/g/n, 1×1
Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorks
Graphics ChipWorks Nvidia optimus works fine with bumblebee 3.0.
VGA OutWorks
HDMI OutWorks
Bulti-in MicrophoneWorks
Headphone JackWorks
Microphone JackNot Tested
WirelessWorksThe model tested had the ThinkPad 802.11a/b/g/n chip which is Broadcom (BCM43228) based. This requires firmware to be installed, Ubuntu 12.04 and derivatives handle this automatically but may freze-up on install (seems to be when the ndiswrapper driver is used). Wireless cards cannot be easily changed as Lenovo has seen fit to add a whitelist of devices to the BIOS and refuses to boot if a card is detected that is not on this whitelist. Updating the BIOS with a hacked version (see Google) to remove this restriction allowed the machine to boot with a superior Intel card bought from eBay for $12USD. A BIOS < 2.x is required for this to work otherwise a Lenovo / IBM branded card is required (search Google for “04w3765” which is the Lenovo part code for the Intel Centrino 2230 with bluetooth)
BluetoothWorksWith the BCM43228 Wifi chipset Bluetooth is embedded so requires the inferior Broadcom card to work
Card ReaderWorks RTS5229 chip requires downloading and installing a thrird party kernel driver
Fingerprint Reader (where applicable) WorksTested with fingerprint-gui and policykit-1-fingerprint-gui package of ppa:fingerprint/fingerprint-gui for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
Touch PadWorks
Track PointWorks
Hibernate/ResumeDepends Works on Fedora 19. Not on Ubuntu 12.04


This laptop was tested with Ubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint 13 and Debian 7.0 (Wheezy). Installation froze on machines with the Broadcom (ThinkPad) WiFi chip but with the Intel centrino was straight forward with no issues to report. The 1.18 BIOS update from Lenovo fixes the fan problem. BIOS hacks are also available which remove the whitelist and allow installation of alternative (superior) wifi cards but these can only be applied if your orginal BIOS is version 1.18 or earlier. Later versions (version 2.0x +) of the BIOS use some version of Pheonix SecureRom and CANNOT be changed or downgraded. This severely limits which WiFi cards can be used. If you have a model with an older BIOS avoid the 2.0x update as this is irreversible and does not allow BIOS hacks to allow alternative WiFi cards past the whitelist.
BUYER BEWARE: The Broadcom chip (also branded as the Lenovo a/g/n) works at the time of writing the but has not been updated since 2011, does not work with the latest vanilla Kernels and is unlikely to ever properly support Linux. AVOID THIS WIFI CARD!

If you are unlucky enough to have the Broadcom card and have a BIOS version later than 1.18 (or do not wish to mess with your BIOS) and you wish to upgrade to the much better supported Intel card without paying the extortionate Lenovo price of 120 USD (all Lenovo / IBM have done is to change 2 bytes of data in the cards eeprom) then a search on Google for the FRU “04w3765” will bring up a range of much cheaper options (~25 USD) for an officially branded IBM / Lenovo compatible Intel Centrino 2230. These haven't been tested but the FRU is on the E430 / E530 misc list so should be fully compatible and be fully authorised by the BIOS' whitelist.


Some models of the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530 work fine with Linux, others require some tinkering to get working correctly. If possible choose the model with the superior Intel Centrino Wifi chipset, the Broadcom chipset causes multiple issues and you would be better off avoiding this laptop altogether if you cannot choose the Intel Centrino WiFi card. Removing / replacing the WiFi card before attempting network installations works if you have the unstable Broadcom card. Replacing Wifi modules will require either a BIOS hack or a Lenovo branded card. BIOS hacks are only possible with older models (pre 2.0x BIOS). Do not upgrade the BIOS to any version later than 1.18 unless you absolutely need Windows 8 style restrictive boot.


akbar, 2013/03/10 04:47

e530 cpu 3210m 8g RAM my bluetooth dosen't work in backtrack and my chipset wless wifi is unknown

alireza, 2013/03/05 17:29

hi i'm ali from IR. i have edge 530. core i5,intel 3210m,8GB ram,750HDD, …..
My OS»back track 5r3(works good) and win7
but not support win xp:(

my love:D > back|track
this model is goooooood

Gonzalo, 2013/03/03 03:57

buenas noches yo e adquirido una laptop Lenovo ThinkPad E530 la cual me indica en el catalogo que tiene bluetooth pero no encuentro el software para encenderlo o tengo que descargar un software si alguien me puede ayudar con este problema se lo agradecería un montón por favor =)

ammaro, 2013/01/24 22:00

I have Ubuntu 12.04.1 64bit and win8 enterprice dual boot installed on ThinkPad E530 with the Intel Core-i5-2450M,I have updated The Bios version to 2.something. Im not hearing fan noise and also using Broadcom card without any issues

kim wally, 2013/01/23 20:32

Kim wrote
I have installed PcLinuxOs 2012.12 on my new Levono E530 Edge. At first the graphics went pear shaped then I managed to navigate to the system configuration/graphics, selected vendor and intel, the 810 or later driver.
It works but there are issues -mainly colour.
The driver must be close but not spot on.
When I used a live mint cd -the driver it used was Ivybridge mobile x86/mmx/sse2 which seems good but not available in the list under vendors/intel

Any ideas would be appreciated

kimwally, 2013/03/22 20:31

I have used PcLinuxOs since 2007 and have not found another Distro to match it. The latest version does work on this machine but there are quite a few issues, it locks up -especially when on the net, only a restart -hard boot, will allow me access to the machine again, the ssd card reader doesn't work, graphics are not good, don't know how to install Bumblebee and don't know if that would help -I'm very disappointed.
Mint 14 works but the install is too controlled -compared to PLoss, and didn't give me the configuration I need with shared Home etc.

dbuser, 2013/01/21 00:47

I had no problems with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I have integrated graphics and the non-Broadcomm wireless (Intel Centrino).

Charlie, 2013/01/17 21:05

I used this article to help choose and then spec my new laptop. Installed on Mint 14 Cinnamon and ran absolutely fine OOTB :)
No fan issues on my laptop.

biterror, 2013/01/16 20:42


I installed xubuntu 12.10 on Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530, model 3259MAG and so far, everything's working just fine. This model has the Intel WIFI module, so no problems there. Fingerprint sensor works, too. I installed xubuntu on the SSD disk (16 GB in this case) and put /home and swap on the regular disk. The machine is fast and even large applications like libre office start almost instantly.

peter e., 2012/12/24 14:12


I use Linux Mint 13 (Mate) on the Lenovo ThinkPad E530 with the Intel Core-i5-3210M.

When I turn on the NB after it was turned off for 24 hours and completely disconnected from everything shows the battery level a loss of over 12 percent. If the NB is turn on and turn off without an operating system after 24 hours turned off no loss of battery charge is determined. Know someone this effect? All the suspect BIOS settings I disabled.

A BIOS update to version 2.07 would bring the information to the manufacturer's website nothing.

Thanks for your help!


Martin, 2012/09/21 06:55


I'm able to install Kubuntu 12.04 linux on SSD drive, but the device cannot boot then. I used the following configuration:

/ ssd 14GB
swap ssd 2GB
/home hdd 500GB

This laptop is causing me nightmares, I don't know how to solve this problem. I did try to move the bootloader to both drivers but no succcess. I think the laptop is having problem to have system on SSD.

Can anybody help? Thanks Martin

Rene Glaser, 2012/10/04 15:19

I'm using a comparable configuration. My system drive is a 64GB SSD. I use the following configuration:

/efi 150MB
/boot 150MB
swap 8GB
/ 15GB
/home 30GB

I use the 500GB HDD for large files, like videos and pictures.
Does the system show any errors?

Floyd, 2012/09/13 08:43

Hey, I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 here. Touchpad works for me OOTB, with one and two fingers.

Pretty everyhing is running OOTB for me. Only for gnome-shell (Gnome3) I had to install Bumblebee, to adress the Optimus graphics card, but this is also running.

Only problem: I also have the issue with the fan :(

Rene Glaser, 2012/06/22 20:34

I use Ubuntu 12.04 on the Lenovo ThinkPad E530 with the Intel Core-i5-2450M. Someone figured out, how to get the fan control working? My fan just starts running at circa 50°C and doesn't stop until I shut the PC down or suspend it. Another thing is the Multitouch Touchpad. Only two finger scrolling works for me, but not for more finger. Anyone have an idea?

kristie, 2012/10/17 16:34

Is the fan noise loud? Is it pulsing/whiny?

Peter, 2012/12/12 08:38

… it depends. It's not exactly loud, but once you started listening for it, it becomes pretty obvious and can be annoying. Got mine E530 yesterday and am still not sure if I am going to return it.

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